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Saturday, March 21, 2020

different this time, honest


DIFFERENT THIS TIME, HONEST
A kind minion gave me an article idea, bless his pea picking heart. When were the other times I thought the end was nigh and why do I think it is for real this time? I used to joke around, saying The End Is Here, whenever something too good to be true happened. “Child support ends in July, the collapse will happen in August”. That kind of thing. It was waiting for the other shoe to drop. But seriously, I've been very worried twice before. Surprisingly, one WASN'T during the Cold War.
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Prior to 1977, I was too young to worry or even know about the threat of nuclear war. I started out reading fiction, not reference. After that date, we were living right outside Vandenburg Air Force Base, so it would have been over before we knew it. As a young adult I was mostly in the military until just before the Soviet Union fell. And in the military, well, how much can you determine your own destiny? I was either at Target Zero, or destined to be cannon fodder. The times as a civilian I thought one years food was sufficient.
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So, I didn't worry for the next ten years. I had my dozen buckets of wheat and some guns. I was a prepper who thought he was a survivalist, and even was cheeky enough to believe I could write about the subject. To be fair to myself, others seemed to place value in whatever drivel I was vomiting. Then, Y2K reared its ugly mug. This was the first time I was actually really worried, the more I read. The closer the date loomed, the more desperately I stockpiled. Until, just a month or so away, I figured I couldn't prep much any more.
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Yet, it wasn't too much longer past the failed to appear disaster that Peak Oil became a topic of concern. Studying for Y2K woke me up to a more systemic failure issue, and the energy issue was making sense to me. I think I was actually so focused on that, the looming real estate bubble didn't catch my attention immediately. When it did, I was off to the races diligently studying both energy and economics ( my economics studies during the 80's was Austrian, and more a philosophy than anything long term useful ).
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I was even MORE worried than during the run up to Y2K, because the more you know, the more you need to be very afraid. I panicked more, the more I studied. This was WORSE than nuclear war ( in my mind, but at this time I knew too little about human die-offs from climate change, and didn't factor in nuclear winter ), as it hit everyone and everywhere, the lack of energy or a functioning economy. Coming up on Y2K, I moved to Florida specifically for that concern ( Florida in the winter is usually still flip-flop weather, you just don't sweat as much ). Now, 2008, I knew I needed my own land to avoid the issues of the bankers collapse.
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When 2008 DIDN'T spell the end, I was even MORE worried. Why? Because the cheapest rent living in the city had been an RV lot, and you cannot store enough food in an RV. Not for an actual apocalypse. I was also renting a storage spot for the Hippie Bread Van, but I only had so much wheat in there ( it being a V6 ). I knew I wasn't Honest Injun really prepared, and the sword was hanging over my head the entire time. That is why I never let up on prepping like mad until very recently.
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Y2K and 2008 were the two times I moved locations specifically to prep, and also went all out in stockpiling. I was worried and anxious the whole time. I lived like a barbarian to free up every spare dime to supply. What did I do differently this time? Nothing. I was still prepping from a concern of a 2008 complete energy and financial collapse. I did not for one second think fracking was going to be viable. I didn't think, well, 2020 is it. I was ALWAYS thinking this was the last year of normal, ever since 2008.
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This is not to say every year didn't bring extra proof of extra vulnerabilities. It did. Which just poured gasoline on the fire under my ass. As soon as I heard of the September liquidity crisis bail out bleeding into October, I knew we were done financially. And as soon as I read from a if-anything-cautious-with-conclusions source that Fracking Fuel had peaked in production, I knew we were hosed energy wise. The Beer Bug? That was just the fire accelerant.
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I can't say, “it's different this time”, because to me, this isn't “another time”. This is just a continuation of the 2005 Peak Oil, which was a shoe in come 1972 once we confirmed my beautiful boy Hubbert's US Peak Oil. To me, this is more of a sense of wonder that we actually are going to beat the 2030 Olduvai Theory timeline. And, let us not forget my Lizard Brain full volume klaxon alert. I'm just as worried as I was in 1999 and 2007, if not more so. Yet, this time, I'm really, really, full on prepared ( I know, no food production. That was the sacrifice I made in 2008 to gain immediate safety, on a severely limited budget ).
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If I'm prepared enough for Instant Dark Age ( just add food distribution failure ), yet I'm still anxious as hell, to me this is my Lizard Brain telling my Monkey Mind that he is a schmuck and doesn't know what he is talking about and that it is Full Retard Panic time. My Lizard Brain, him I trust. Not so much my hive mind, or anyone else who isn't sharing my danger for my body. Of COURSE I could be wrong. It is assured you always get something wrong, without complete information. And that is okay. I've been wrong before and it hasn't embarrassed me in the slightest. Better egg on your face than no face, after a gaping bullet wound.
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( today's related Amazon link click HERE )
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note: Flick Connections has a video on the twenty Netflix apocalypse movies to watch which are apropos during Beer Virus.  HERE .  The ones I've watched that I thought were good: Carriers, How It Ends, Here Alone, Cargo, Bushwick, It Comes At Night, Ravenous, Kingdom and Train To Busan.
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19 comments:

  1. The year 2008 was very memorable. In the fall of that year, I dealt with three life changing events simultaneously: finalization of a divorce; getting laid off; and getting sober in the midst of it. A mere warm-up compared to the present situation.

    I've also been amazed this country has been able to kick the can down the road as long as it has since 2008. Glen Beck's 2009 book, "Broke" was an eye opener for me, but I've been so busy surviving day to day life that I haven't been prepping Bison-style until a month ago, even though I've been reading this blog about a year now. Better late to the party than miss it completely, I suppose.

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    1. Look at it this way. 2008 was mental conditioning. That is 90% of the battle. Supplies are just 10%. You'll be okay, or as okay as any of us are going to be.

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  2. Of all the scenario's which could form an apocalypse , the one that induced fear in my mind is...a PANDEMIC. All other situations one could plan and prepare for, even a nuclear war is survivable.
    On the other hand a virus is sneaky. It, like this one is can come upon you , infecting you and yet totally oblivious that you're already dead walking zombie recruit.
    Here we are...it is here. So far no sign of infection. Which doesn't mean squat with this but. It's so sneaky , that you could have been walking around feeling just great , yet be typhoid Mary all the while planting lil bugs.
    Sometimes I think it might be better to be Trump voting oblivious to reality , ignorant deplorable. At least they're happily smirking in a self righteous daze thinking their glorious Messiah is gonna make them a bazillionaire.

    No damnit , I had to go and be blessed with a brain...

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    1. Ignorance is bliss. Now more obvious than ever. Sigh. Sad Panda

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  3. I was too oblivious still at Y2K, despite working at a software company at the time, but losing everything in the Dot Com Bubble gave me the kick in the nuts I needed to face reality. Only in the last 18 months have I started to feel even remotely prepared in spite of chipping away at it for 15 years now- too little and often bad info in the early days led to some false starts and wasted funds, not to mention life's little surprises like root canals, layoffs, blown transmissions, then putting the offspring through college... There is but little comfort in knowing we're better prepared than 90% of the community, I know in 3-4 months we could be in a seriously dire situation. My lizard brain has been in overdrive for the last year, and now I keep beating myself up over all the "could have, should have, would have" scenarios and harshly judging my past mistakes. The mental aspect of this current situation is more trying than anticipated...

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    1. Hell, this is a fast collapse, and it is lasting way too long. The uncertainty, second guessing and waiting blow monkey balls.

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  4. If you didn't nail it this time; you were pretty damn close. We may have a better idea in a couple weeks or so.
    In one week I witnessed pandemonium and saw fear in people's faces at the market, informed my contract job ends on 31 March if not sooner and learned yesterday I have to pay the Prez and my Governor for 2019 since i didn't take out enough which I thought I was plenty good. Well, so much for my thoughts!
    Prepping-right now good as can be. Weapons, ammo and food are good.
    Financial-can get by for a year or a bit longer, after that it's a crapshoot.
    Medical and other self-sustainment capabilities could have been better, if we get through this those are items to work on for future. I live in a hood kind of on outskirts, which GD builders are trying to change (that may bite them on alpha sierra sierra-no working class equals no one to buy their houses). Therefore, no bugout hideout to scoot to. I will have to stay and deal with it. I have linked up with fellow veterans here that if it really goes south, we'll be coordinating.
    I went to the local Mediterranean store this morning and they are still getting daily resupply from Dallas. So for now some elements of small business commerce are still at it. I have already been in a barter situation! Neighbor's daughter couldn't eat black beans so I traded a can of refried beans for the black.
    I check your site and others daily now. Keep it going as long as you are able, we're all in this together.

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    1. No one is in the perfect situation. Certainly not me. But all things considered, we are kicking ass compared to most. Be safe, carry on. Enjoy the crap show-best thing about it is it still plays even after the power is out, unlike Netflix

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  5. I agree that sometimes we preppers are off when it comes to timing. But at least we're not afraid to try, even if it means we use methods that others can't see or appreciate, like the fellow in this short (~ 1 minute) video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21mLECfpv3M

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  6. More pc, sjw, woke crap, to take over from the last failed venture of steaming pile of pc, sjw, woke crap.


    https://tvline.com/2020/01/30/female-kung-fu-reboot-cw-pilot-order-the-republic-of-sarah/


    It's my understanding that they tried to requisition the original dude. But apparently, in addition to having a butt load of problems to contend with, he no longer hangs around in hollywood :D

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  7. Press F for Dingo. My options for medical care / diagnosis is to see how I go because I tick the box that denies me access to the local doctor but don't tick one of the boxes that allows me to go to the Government Coof Tester.

    You have to laugh

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    1. Laugh in Lucifer's face. He appreciates the effort if nothing else.

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  8. I'm still working as of now. But when things likely drop off more, I'm looking foward to having time to spend on better preps (stuff like add to garden, rabbit cages floor replacements, go through every firearm to inspect, reclean & lube, etc.).
    Spending time to improve preps instead of spending time to make money to accumulate preps.
    My wife cut hair in a salon and it looks like she will not be going back anytime soon.
    Also, as I dreamed a little while back, school here is out for an additional month and likely the rest of the year. So we will be homeschooling after this week of their spring break is over. I got workbooks for our 2 elementary girls and middle school boy.
    Also we will see what may be offered online by the school system.
    We are not in the perfect situation, but it could be a lot worse.
    And I say sincerely and with no gloating, this is where prepping pays off. Once again, not perfect, just a lot better odds and ahead of the hordes a bit. So James, thanks for helping to keep the fire lit as I've read you over the years.


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    1. You're more than welcome. This is why/where the effort pays off.

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  9. http://fofoa.blogspot.com/

    Food for thought. Time will tell.

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  10. This one is better to get the drift of what "Another" and "Friend of Another" were saying back between 1998-2002 on the Kitco blog and USAGold forum. Looks like we're on the cusp of the transition.

    http://fofoa.blogspot.com/2020/01/happy-new-year.html

    Hard to imagine elites planning a way to get off the dollar going all the way back to the 1960's, but the balance sheet tells all.

    https://www.ecb.europa.eu/pub/annual/balance/html/ecb.eurosystembalancesheet2019~fed8c5244a.en.html

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